On the Long-term Archiving of Research Data

Cyril Pernet*, Claus Svarer, Ross Blair, John D Van Horn, Russell A Poldrack

*Corresponding author for this work


Accessing research data at any time is what FAIR (Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable) data sharing aims to achieve at scale. Yet, we argue that it is not sustainable to keep accumulating and maintaining all datasets for rapid access, considering the monetary and ecological cost of maintaining repositories. Here, we address the issue of cold data storage: when to dispose of data for offline storage, how can this be done while maintaining FAIR principles and who should be responsible for cold archiving and long-term preservation.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)243-246
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Information Dissemination
  • Information Storage and Retrieval
  • FAIR
  • Data sharing
  • Long-term archiving
  • Cost


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